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Well, at least I haven't been as slack on the sewing as I have been on the posting about my sewing...

I ran into some trouble when I decided that, really, I wanted to totally finish the underskirt before I started the overskirt. Finished things are good, I thought. Not almost-finishing things is even better. So, I wandered out to buy some black velvet ribbon to trim with... Only to discover that, apparently, no one stocks much velvet ribbon anymore. o_O I went everywhere. Most of them, I went to twice. I finally found the right width and colour at the Goldings on Lambton Quay (the other branch wasn't helpful), but they didn't have as much as I needed. However, the very lovely woman I spoke to offered to order some in, and was basically incredibly helpful. So, I finally have my ribbon - it just took forever to get it.

The underskirt is all finished, except for that ribbon trim. ^^


Heh. So much ruffle.


I love the way these skirts look like they're a million sizes too big before you pleat in the back panel. XD


I loosened the ties a little after this, so that my petticoat doesn't peek out at the bottom! Thanks to Dagger for the photos, and for pinning me into the skirt for these photos, and so I could put in the closure. ^^

Since I couldn't continue with my skirt until I got the ribbon, I did two small projects instead to fill in time.

Project one - The Fuzzy Crown Of Darkness. XD

My good friend Gwennie's birthday was a little while ago, and she inconveniently quit one of the online games we both play not long before her birthday. I'd been planning to spend real money on virtual stuff on there for her, but instead, I had to come up with a new plan. I went shopping with the vague target of 'cutely evil things' in mind, but came up empty handed. So, I moved to plan two - make something cutely evil myself. :D

I've made these little beanie hats a few times already - they're from a very basic Simplicity pattern to which I just add whatever silly additions I feel they require. I've made kitty-hat, bunny-hat, unintentional-goblin-hat (don't ask), and now, chibi-batwing-hat. Chibi bat wings hat may be my favourite so far, and it's not even mine to wear! I came very close to keeping it, srsly.


The bat wings themselves are roughly based on a very cute Gaia Online item I will never be able to afford. *sigh*


Jarratt wearing the finished hat. :D

Images of the hat on Gwennie can be seen here

At the point at which I was half way through the above hat - which is to say, at a point where I really had to have a sewing machine to use - Jenni had a craft day at her place. I like craft days. Going and chatting while doing handwork is so nice, but I seriously envy all those girls who knit, rather than sew! Their craft is so very much more portable than mine. But since I don't really enjoy knitting, I ended up working on this little flower-gift-bag thing from a book called Omiyage. The bag in question is the one pictured on the cover.

I'd started it before, made one small error, and (foolishly, as it turned out) presumed that was why it looked like my flower had no chance of looking like hers. So, I started over, since the error in question couldn't really be undone. But, the finished bag doesn't look like hers either. After pouring over the (poorly written, and inadequately illustrated) instructions two or three times, I've had to face the facts - the bag has been photographed misleadingly. Suck.

I ended up tweaking the bag I made a bit to make it look a bit less like a dried-up starfish instead of a flower, adding a little stuffing to the petals. I'm sort of happy with it... And sort of not at all. Still at least it's done.


I do like the little fabric bead things on the ends of the ribbons. They look like little berries.


See how flat the leaves are? The flower was that flat too, until I added the stuffing. Eeew.


Much happier with the bag-side than the top-side. Unfortunate, really.


It doesn't actually hold much - maybe a necklace?

Date: 2008-05-17 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seraphs-folly.livejournal.com
Your hats are awwwwwesome

p.s: Victorian ruffle skirt also. Was the handsome reflection (?) in the tv intentional???

Date: 2008-05-18 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosaephemera.livejournal.com
Thank you! ^^

Jarratt and I are totally baffled by the image on the TV. Can't figure out for the life of us what was on!

Date: 2008-05-17 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
Evie! All so cool. Although too bad you not intentionally trying to make a starfish ;)

I *wants* skirt so bad! So much beautiful pleaty-pleaty.

Also nice to see a pic of Jarratt looking sooo cutely evil ;)

Date: 2008-05-18 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosaephemera.livejournal.com
Yeah, the starfish flower annoys me - and yet I still plan to try some more patterns from that book. I'm mad, clearly.

When you get back, you'll have to make a Victorian outfit of your own! Though I'm not certain I recommend the pleating. It took forever. .__.

Cutely-evil, and out-of-focus. God, this camera is terrible. XD

Date: 2008-05-19 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarratt-gray.livejournal.com
Yeah I noticed with my food that it focuses on the background not the immediately central foreground object. Completely daft.

Date: 2008-05-19 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
Have you been taking photos of your food and not showing me???? :(

Date: 2008-05-19 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
Forever *is* a long time.... but it looks so good!

Date: 2008-05-21 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gabunny.livejournal.com
OMG wow, Skirt of Awesomeness is so totally awesome :D Now I'm going to unreasonably want an outfit like that for the school ball which I am being forced to attend this year. It would be so much cooler to turn up wearing something so awesome like that then some ho-hum mainstream shop dress thing.

That outfit is going to be made of win! Also, gwennie's hat is so neat <3

Date: 2008-05-22 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosaephemera.livejournal.com
lol! Yeah, you probably wouldn't find one of those in the shops. But you're being forced to go to the ball?! WTF?!

Thank you for the lovely compliments. ^___^

Date: 2008-05-24 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gabunny.livejournal.com
Yeah, I am. Apparently one of my grandmothers approached my mum and said that she would help pay for my outfit and all that jazz because it was so sad that I hadn't been able to go the last two years. And so, they would help out, you know. Be a fairy godmother and all that. Apparently my mum tried telling them that it wasn't they were too poor to get me an outfit but rather I didn't WANT to go, but it didn't work. So I am probably going to have to go this year, instead of going to morp :( Oh well, maybe it won't suck as bad as I heard the previous last years did.

There will be more about the being forced to go to ball story in my LJ in near future, I think xD

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